President & Vice-Chancellor


Annette Trimbee

Dr. Annette Trimbee became President and Vice-Chancellor at The University of Winnipeg on August 1, 2014.

UWinnipeg is located in downtown Winnipeg, on Treaty One territory in the heart of the Métis homeland. UWinnipeg is a medium-sized university with approximately 10,000 full- and part-time students.  UWinnipeg is known for academic and research excellence, its commitment to sustainability, -- having exceeded Kyoto targets by reducing GHG emissions ten per cent below 1990 levels, and Indigenous scholarship. UWinnipeg is committed to implementing recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and integrating Indigenous perspectives and knowledge within the academy; and working with the surrounding community to encourage and support inner-city children in developing a university-bound identity. Dr. Trimbee's key accomplishments to date include completing a university-wide strategic directions plan, introduction of a three-year budget strategy, and implementation of an Indigenous Course Requirement for all undergraduate students, among the first in Canada.     

Dr. Trimbee serves on the boards of Universities Canada, the voice of Canadian universities at home and abroad; and USports, which oversees sports at 56 Canadian universities.

Previously, Dr. Trimbee served as Deputy Minister of several departments in the Alberta government, including Finance and Treasury Board, Service Alberta and Advanced Education and Technology.  Key accomplishments include Alberta Budget 2012 and 2013, the redesign of Alberta’s innovation system and creation of the Alberta Innovates Corporations, bringing Alberta post-secondary institutions together to plan and collaborate through Campus Alberta, and development of Alberta’s Health Policy Framework and Integrated Resource Management Policy Framework.

She holds a BSc from the University of Winnipeg, an MSc from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from McMaster University in Ecology. She was also a Post-Doc Fellow in aquatic ecology at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Annette Trimbee - in her own words (2014)